BY IKECHUKWU AGADA
Extensive Investigations reveal that President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Aso Rock cabal are secretly working for the emergence of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party(LP)
It was learned that Buhari and Aso Rock cabal are plotting to retain power in the Northern region in 2023 despite public positioning of neutrality and power shift to the South. It was further learnt that the deal with Waziri of Adamawa was sealed after the 2019 general elections to pacify him and to get him drop his legal battle against his Fulani kinsman. It was gathered that the desire to pursue the legal war by Atiku was to assuage his party the PDP and to prevent the secret deal from the prying eyes of the media and his teeming supporters and fans.
The cabal including some members of Buhari’s extended family and friends are the power behind the throne. The group, led by Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, is said to have the ears of the President, influence policies and determine those who get major appointments.
Sources say that Buhari before the May 28, PDP’s Presidential Primary approved the payment of billions of naira to settle debts that the government owed some companies linked to Atiku as part of the deal bargain to hand over power to Atiku.
“Do you know why Atiku doesn’t really care about (Rivers State Governor, Nyesom) Wike and others? It’s because President Buhari and the cabal are supporting him,” said a source.
“Buhari gave him monies that were owed him to enable him to win the PDP Primary. He asked the richest man in Katsina, Dahiru Mangal, to defect to PDP and support Atiku; the reason Atiku is calling Wike’s bluff.
“With Atiku from the North, as a Presidential candidate, they have asked top northerners to work for him irrespective of party affiliation.” The Rivers Governor, Wike, had recently alleged that Abubakar was arrogant because someone in the Presidency was backing him. The governor said the same forces at the Presidency promised someone the APC Presidential ticket but failed to deliver it. Intensive search shows that Wike was referring to the promise made to his kinsman Hon. Rotimi Amaechi which later turned to be a wild goose chase. Further search revealed that the cabal at some point decided to coronate Lawan as they feel Atiku may be difficult to control but the plan failed because Atiku’s secret men in APC sabotaged the move. It was then decided that Tinubu with the highest bidder and financial muscle should be favoured in the APC Presidential primary then later betrayed at the general election.
“Why are they being so arrogant? They are arrogant because they believe somebody in the Presidency is backing them. But what they don’t understand is the same person in the Presidency backed somebody as APC Presidential aspirant, and the person failed,” Wike thundered. “I will tell Nigerians at the appropriate time who is that person in the Presidency that is backing them that they are being arrogant.”
Some members of the Aso Rock cabal asked President Buhari to place Tinubu on the watch list in 2021, 9news Nigeria reported. They had accused Tinubu of sabotaging the war against insecurity in the country and instigating Nigerians, especially those from his South-West region, against the Buhari-led government.The group urged the President to order security agencies to investigate the activities of the APC stalwart.
“They accused him (Tinubu) of instigating Nigerians against Buhari. He was also accused of sponsoring different groups to cause unrest across the country. “They (cabal) think this is another method to tame Tinubu ahead of the 2023 elections after a lot of noise in the APC in which his allies lost out. They are doing everything within their power to stop the President from supporting Tinubu’s ambition come 2023,” a Presidential source confirmed.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, played a key role in the political merger of parties in 2013 which created the APC.
But in the raging political unfolding drama, some analyst believe that Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party may likely end up being the beneficiary of this battle between two elephants.
9news Nigeria will keep its teeming fans updated with responsible Investigative journalism with bated breath as the drama unfolds.